Peace Without Arms: Viable Option or Far-Fetched Ideal?
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This paper argues that a State can reconstruct it’s own politics in such a way
that allows for more reliance on conflict resolving international organizations and
institutions and can reduce the need for military force and/or power politics. Accordingly,
the complexities of the security dilemma can be reduced or eliminated. I utilize a single
case study approach that analyzes the 2010 territorial conflict known as the ‘Isla Calero’
dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Using both an inductive approach and semistructured interviews, this paper analyzes how the dispute was settled without the use of power politics. It is argued that Costa Rica was able to halt the cycle of the security
dilemma through their decision to demilitarize. Moreover, I argue that Costa Rica’s
approach is relevant and applicable to other states and could contribute to successful
conflict resolution between States without the use of power politics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Security Dilemma, Isla Calero, Conflict Resolution, Peace, Demilitarization, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-24365OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-24365DiVA: diva2:1074898